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Drop foot fix for CMT: AFOs work both proximally and distally
Lower Extemity Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mechanism by which ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) reduce drop foot in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) involves proximal effects as well as the distal changes with which clinicians are more familiar, according to research from the U.K. More

Meet Jack Morgan, DPM, and Marc Brenner, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
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Drs. Jack Morgan and Marc Brenner will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Morgan, a past president of ABPM, and Dr. Brenner, a past president of the American Society of Podiatric Dermatology, will discuss how to excel as a podiatrist in 2013. To register for this FREE weekly, and unique, learning experience that will give you additional insights into the profession's past and future click here. More

EHR-related errors soar but few harm patients
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Hospitals are reporting more patient safety problems related to electronic health records, yet it appears that only a fraction of the mix-ups are leading to patient harm, according to a recent study of more than 3,000 incidents in Pennsylvania. More

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Mastering the technical approach to the scarf bunionectomy
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Bradly Bussewitz, DPM writes, "The European approach to the bunion commonly involves the scarf bunionectomy, much more so than here in the United States. Of the many bunion approaches, why should we bother adding another to the list? Those who utilize the scarf approach understand the stability, power of correction and utilitarian nature of this bunionectomy choice. I use the scarf as one of my go-to procedures for correcting mild to severe hallux abducto valgus." More

Care needed to avoid foot and ankle injuries when exercising
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People who are taking up a new fitness regime in the new year need to take special care not to injure themselves, an expert has warned. Dr. Lew Schon, director of foot and ankle services at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in the U.S., is concerned that many people do not exercise safely, particularly if they are not used to physical activity. More

Tibial artery calcification predicts foot ulceration    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tibial artery calcification is a significant risk factor for foot ulcers in patients with Type 2 diabetes, research suggests. Patients with foot ulcers were almost three times more likely to have an elevated TAC score than those without foot injury, after adjusting for age, gender, and a peripheral artery occlusion index based on computed tomography angiography findings. More
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Novel posterior splinting technique to avoid heel ulcers
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Heel ulcers are a costly and preventable complication of lower-extremity immobilization, but they still occur with some regularity. A technique using a short leg posterior splint that suspends the heel away from the splint is described. This modification completely removes pressure the heel to prevent decubitus ulcer formation. This technique is simple, inexpensive, and effective. More

3 innovative podiatric treatments for diabetic patients
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Diabetic foot ulcers are a major complication that all diabetic individuals need to look out for. Usually caused by a variety of external and internal factors, these ulcers occur most frequently among diabetics and are the leading cause of all foot and lower leg amputations. In order to prevent amputation, these foot wounds must be allowed to properly heal. While the body is normally able to heal these wounds naturally, diabetes mellitus complicates and impedes the healing process and often, extra medical care and wound treatment is necessary. More

What's behind uptick in growth of spending on physicians
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The annual growth rate for spending on office-based physician services in 2011 accelerated slightly after postrecession lows, but the figure still was in line with three straight years of restrained overall spending growth throughout the system, according to federal actuaries. More

How to treat polysyndactyly and syndactyly of the foot
Podiatry Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drawing on his clinical experience and the literature, this author provides a comprehensive guide to surgical approaches to the various forms of polysyndactyly and syndactyly in pediatric patients, focusing on which segment to delete and how to avoid surgical complications. More

The midfoot load shows impaired function after ankle arthrodesis
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A large number of parameters are registered by pedobarography, usually requiring a research setting for interpretation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate which pedobarographic parameters (adjusted for walking speed and body weight) discriminate between healthy volunteers and patients after ankle or tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis. More

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